Klein ISD will continue mandating masks for staff and students, according to a March 9 press release.

Following Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that Texas' statewide mask mandate would be lifted, the Texas Education Agency released its own statement March 3 allowing school districts to determine their own mask policies. In its press release, KISD stated masks will be required for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

“As has been our protocol all year, masks will continue to be optional outside during the school day for students and staff when social distancing is possible or when engaged in physical activity,” the press release said.

Several other school districts have announced the continued required use of masks on campuses. The press release said the district hopes to begin the 2021-22 school year under normal conditions as the vaccination rollout continues.

“While we know that this announcement may not be supported by all, we do hope that our Klein ISD family will continue to show grace and kindness, so we can finish our school year strong,” the press release said.